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Those who lost their lives

Adderbury War Memorial

One of the plaques on the War
Memorial inside the parish church

Percy APLING
Private, 5th Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 42 Brigade, 14th Division. Army no. 22897
He was killed in action during the Battle of St Quentin, in the Somme, on 23 March 1918. He was 41
He was the son of William H and Louisa S Apling
He has no known grave but he is remembered on panel 50 and 51 of the Pozières Memorial
Samuel James BADBY
Sergeant, 1st Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 17 Brigade, 6th (Poona) Division. Army no. 6011
He was killed in action on 22 November 1915 in the Mesopotamia Campaign against the Turkish Army. He was 38
He has no known grave but he is remembered on panel 26 and 63 of the Basra Memorial
John William BAYLIS
Cook's Mate, HMS Natal, Royal Navy, Service No: M/5917
He was killed on 30 December 1915. He was 20
He was the son of Alfred and Eleanor Baylis
He has no grave but he is remembered on panel 12 of the Chatham Naval Memorial
Additional information
On the 30 December 1915, HMS Natal, under the command of Captain Eric Back RN, was lying in the Cromarty Firth with her squadron. Shortly after 3.20pm violent explosions tore through the ship. She capsized within minutes. The exact number of casualties is still debated and ranges up to 421. Some were killed in the immediate explosions, others drowned as the ship capsized, others succumbed to the freezing water.
The most probable explanation of this tragic loss of life was that a fire had broken out that had ignited a magazine. There was a huge speculation about the loss of HMS Natal but an underwater inspection revealed massive damage from an internal explosion. Sabotage by German agents was suspected but never proved.
Aubrey BEASLEY
Private. 1st Royal Marine (Anson) Battalion. Royal Marine Light Infantry. Royal Naval Division. Service no. R/137
He was killed in action on 6 November 1917 He was 24
He was the husband of Edith M Beasley, Charlton
He is buried in grave B 126 Poelcapelle British Cemetery
Further information
His records reveal: Army Reserve 11 December 1915
Entered 28 August 1916; Draft for BEF 6 March 1917
Joined Anson Battalion; 24 March
9 May 1917 he suffered from Pyrexia Unknown Origin.
He rejoined Anson Battalion on 30 September 1917 and was killed on 6 November 1917.
In civilian life he was a Grocer's Manager born in Adderbury on 14 August 1893
His Naval rank is recorded as Able Seaman, Anson Battalion, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
His name also appears in the Roll of Honour in Newbottle and on the War Memorial in Charlton
James William BENNETT
Lance Corporal, 2nd Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 5 Brigade, 2nd Division. Army no. 9398
He was killed in action during the Battle for the Ancre in the Somme on 13 November 1916. He was 23
He was the son of Harry and Mary Ann Bennett of Adderbury East
He is buried in grave E 29 Waggon Road Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel
Thomas Austin BLACKWELL
Private, 6th (Service) Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 60 Brigade, 20th Division. Army no. 23643
He died of the wounds he received during the fighting at the Menin Road Ridge during the Battle of Ypres on 25 September 1917. He was 29.
He was the son of George and Sarah Blackwell, Chapel Lane, Adderbury East
He is buried in grave VIII F 14 Dozinghem Military Cemetery
Edwin Cyril BONNER
Private, 1st/4th Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 145 Brigade, 48th Division. Army no. 4297
He was killed in action on 14 August 1916 during the Battle of Pozières Ridge in the Somme. He was 20
He was the son of Edwin and Flora Bonner High Street, Adderbury
He has no known grave but he is remembered on pier and face 10A and 10D of the Thiepval Memorial
William James BUTLER
Private, 3rd/4th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) attached to 9th, 4th and 12th Divisions. Army no. T/202301
He was killed in action during the Battle of Passchendaele on 4 October 1917. He was 21
He was the son of James H and Susan Butler, High Street, Adderbury
He has no known grave but he is remembered on panel 14-17 and 162-162A of the Tyne Cot Memorial
Frank Edward COTTRELL
Private, 622nd Motor Transport Company, Army Service Corps. Army no. M2/150060
He died, probably from disease, on 9 September 1916
He was the son of Albert R and Sarah A Cottrell. He was 31
He is buried in grave 3 B 15 Dar es Salaam War Cemetery
William James DORSETT
Private, 5th (Service) Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 42 Brigade, 14th Division. Army no. 235064.
He was formerly with the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars.
He was killed in action in the aftermath of the first Battle of Passchendaele on 16 October 1917. He was 27
He was the son of James and Charlotte Dorsett of Adderbury West
He has no known grave but he is remembered on panel 96 to 98 of the Tyne Cot Memorial
William Henry ELKERTON
Private, 1st/4th Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 145 Brigade, 48th Division. Army no. 203045
He was killed in action near Ypres on 5 August 1917. He was 25
He was the son of John and Sarah Elkerton of Adderbury West.
He has no known grave but he is remembered on panel 37 and 39 of the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
Charles Edward FISHBOURNE
Lieutenant Colonel, 1st Battalion commanding 8th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, 148 Brigade, 49th Division.
He died of his wounds on 6 October 1916 received near Thiepval in the Battle of the Somme, he was 47
He was the son of Joseph and Mrs Fishbourne of Ashfield Hall, Co. Carlow and the husband of Elizabeth L Fishbourne of Edenbridge, Kent.
He is buried in grave Officers, A 12 3 St Sever Cemetery, Rouen
Additional Information
He attended Oakham School 1879-1886 and then Trinity College, Dublin.
He served in South Africa during the Second Boer War and was involved in the Battles of Belmont and Omdurman where he was wounded
In 1914, Charles Fishbourne was a Major and was commanding the Northumberland Fusiliers depot in Newcastle according to the Oakham School Magazine and it is recorded that the 1st Battalion had landed at Le Havre on 14 August 1914.
James William FLETCHER
Private, 1st (Reserve) Garrison Battalion, The Worcestershire Regiment, based at Portsmouth. Army no. 28594
He died on 14 April 1916
He was 22
He was the son of the late Charles and of Laura Louise Fletcher, White Lane, Adderbury
He is buried in the Churchyard of Church of St Mary the Virgin, Adderbury
Additional information
Jim W Fletcher was killed on 14 April 1916 at Southsea when he fell from the shafts of a wagon and was killed instantly.
His brother Jack, sister Hannah and the undertaker went to Portsmouth on the 16 April and brought his body back to Adderbury where he was buried on the 20 April.
There is also a plaque in his memory in Adderbury Methodist Chapel
William Henry GARDINER
Leading Seaman, Hood Battalion, Royal Marine Light Infantry, Royal Naval Division Service no. Ch/SS/105233 (RFR/B/8707)
He was recorded as missing, later reported as being killed in action on 6 May 1915
He was 29
He was the son of Polly Gray formerly Gardiner and the stepson of George Gray
He has no known grave but he is remembered on MR4 of the Helles Memorial
Additional information
His naval records reveal: Enlisted 10 June 1907; Enrolled RFR 9 June 1912; Hood Battalion A/32 17 September 1914
Born 2 September 1886 in Deddington, the son of Polly Gray formerly Gardiner, Crofts Lane, Adderbury.
He was unmarried and in civilian life was employed as a quarry labourer.
William GIBBONS
Private, 2nd/4th Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
184 Brigade, 61st Division. Army no. 202370
He was killed in action during the fighting for the Ancre on 28 February 1917
He has no known grave but he is remembered on pier and face 10A and 10D of the Thiepval Memorial


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